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Supreme Opportunity for a Supreme Correction

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that EPA had authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.  It reached that conclusion even though Congress in the 1990 Amendments explicitly denied EPA that regulatory authority.  The Court also ignored the scientific facts that CO2 is a nutrient, has been much higher in […]  More »

Analyst sees little chance oil export ban will end soon

An energy analyst says the U.S. prohibition on most crude oil exports probably will remain in place because policymakers have more pressing concerns than lifting the ban.  More »

Brownsville eyed for LNG export plant

NextDecade, a privately owned company based in the Woodlands, has asked federal regulators for permission to build a liquefied natural gas export plant in Brownsville.  More »

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans. Twenty four US states currently have municipal […]  More »

Southwestern Energy sells Pennsylvania pipelines for $500 million

Natural gas producer Southwestern Energy will sell its gathering assets in Pennsylvania for $500 million, the company announced Thursday morning.  More »

Oil exports would give US leverage, former ambassador says

So far, most of the congressional debate on crude exports has focused on the economics of the issue, but former Amb. Carlos Pascual’s comments amplify geopolitical concerns with the longstanding trade restrictions for oil.  More »

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.  More »

Baker Hughes’ CEO talked with global conglomerate before Halliburton deal

The CEO of Baker Hughes had met with a global conglomerate in Europe just weeks before his company struck a $35 billion deal to sell itself to Halliburton, new corporate disclosures show.  More »

Feds collect millions in Gulf oil drilling sale, despite falling prices

Slumping oil prices tempered some of the industry’s enthusiasm for new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico — but not much.  More »

Striking Motiva workers approve contract

Employees could go back to work as soon as Monday, said Garrett Ozment, a union representative and machinist at the refinery, which is the nation’s largest.  More »

Out of Keystone debate’s glare, pipelines going in nationwide

While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, lesser-known developments have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation’s domestic oil network.  More »

Algeria oil corruption trial begins after 5-year delay

In a packed courthouse that included the ambassadors of Italy, the U.S. and Germany, prosecutors read out the charges against former head of Sonatrach, Mohammed Meziane, his two sons, and 16 other company officials.  More »

Businesses upbeat on Egypt’s chances at investment meeting

Saturday’s focus shifted to the private sector, with several companies announcing agreements, including some from Germany’s Siemens AG that were the largest single package signed at the three-day conference.  More »

Senators push oil-supply pact with Israel

Senators want the United States to renew a longstanding pledge to supply Israel with crude if the country’s oil supplies are interrupted.  More »

Oil could fall again if U.S. crude clutters storage, IEA says

The International Energy Agency says stable oil prices in recent weeks could be a mirage, as the market hasn’t finished shedding a global glut in crude supplies.  More »
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